Cutting Off My Hair Despite My Face

August 23, 2017

Cutting off two thirds of your hair is some scary shit. Sitting down in that almost-but-not-quite-comfortable hairdresser’s chair, facing the sober reality of my own face with its conflicting perfections and imperfections, I felt hesitant. Frankly, a bob might just not suit me as it did when I was 18. It’s always a gamble. As it happens, my hairdresser didn’t give me even a millisecond to hesitate before gathering most of my hair together and cutting that shit right off. Just like that.

Side note: it’s not really a bob. It’s a lob. A long bob. Which is *obviously* very different. I’m not brave (read: crazy) enough to attempt the Posh Spice. And Pinterest has assured me that the ‘choppy long bob’ is the new it-girl hairstyle of 2017. So what choice did I have, really?

The fact is, some women have ethereal, dainty pixie faces that would suit any style. From a prison style buzz cut to ‘I recently escaped from a cult after spending 20 years in an underground doomsday bunker’ floor length hair. These women can wear it all. Women like Mia Farrow or Natalie Portman. Women like Emma Watson or Emma Roberts or Emma Stone. (Basically, if your name is Emma, you’re probably good to go.)

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Hello Again, Again.

August 18, 2017

Let’s pretend I’ve been blogging this whole time. That I didn’t get all insecure about putting myself out there and that I certainly did not crawl back into my fearful little shell as I’ve done a thousand times before (once again confirming that my patronus is probably a turtle).

I like to think of myself as a bold and brave woman, with confidence and sass. And sometimes I am. But mostly I let my own mind get the better of me and I need a Valium (and a drink) just to feel like a real person. In the past I have always resorted to shocking myself out of my shell by doing something I genuinely fear, doing something that requires some bravery. I have gotten MANY painful piercings, a few spontaneous tattoos, and tried out various radical hairstyle changes – always in an attempt to prove to myself that I am, in fact, strong and beautiful and worthwhile. That I can do crazy things and just enjoy myself without second-guessing every move.

One of the reasons I started this blog in the first place was to have a creative outlet for myself. Something that would encourage me to explore and write and photograph and experience and share my little life with others. All of these things are still true and still necessary, but the biggest reason I am going to attempt this blogging thing again is that I desperately want to feel like I’m part of a community, that I’m not alone and that I belong. Particularly since moving to Port Elizabeth. And perhaps blogging, and being brutally honest about my emotional ups and downs, is the bravest thing I can do right now. Not piercings or tattoos or haircuts (though there are definitely a few of those in the near future).

I’m not sure if I’ll share the link to this post with anyone or put it out on any of my social media channels. Shit, I might even get too insecure and take it down tomorrow. But I’ll try to be bold – because that’s who I really am. Yes, I’m flawed, fickle and fearful – but I am here, and maybe this blog will help me finally fucking enjoy it.

Wish me luck.



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Christian Lacroix Forever

February 21, 2017

Ah, Christian Lacroix. A man so eccentric, Elton John is like “whoa, that’s a bit much”*. There are few designers I so thoroughly enjoy as I do Chrisitan Lacroix – the man’s use of colour and pattern borders on genius. I wish he could design/ decorate every room in my home, infusing it with all the extravagant detail and bird-of-paradise theatricality he is so well known for.

In lieu of his personal decorating services, though, I would gladly take the smallest of what he has to offer. Maison De Jeu Playing Cards, for example. Lacroix recently released a two-deck collection of playing cards, each card with its own unique design depicting the atmosphere of vintage French gambling house. And wow, from what I have seen these cards are gorgeous.

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Gallery Wall Wishlist

February 17, 2017

Ah, the gallery wall. A staple of the modern home.

Since the first walk through our new house, Jean and I knew we wanted to make a comfortable, creative space where we can be surrounded by all the art, music, colours and books we love. One of the easiest ways in which to surround yourself with life-giving, beautiful things is by simply hanging pictures on the wall, right?

We still have to finish repainting the walls, because the previous tenants went with a chocolate brown bottom and pale purple top combo which, well… just wasn’t my taste, but I’ve already googled and regoogled print ideas for a gallery wall above our couch (perhaps a tad prematurely). Ideally I would like to dye our couch covers first and add some colourful cushions like these at Hertex, but one thing at a time.

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Return of the Diary of a Movie Junkie

February 15, 2017

A lot has changed in my life over the last few months. What hasn’t changed is how many movies Jean and I watch in the average week. It’s a problem. A wonderfully entertaining and relaxing problem.

Anyway, I thought it time I did a follow up on my first ‘Diary of a Movie Junkie‘ post! Just like before I have linked the trailer for each movie in the title. I have also added the Metacritic score for each movie, for you film snobs out there.

Happy watching, couch potatoes!

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Friendly Stranger

February 10, 2017

It starts with coffee. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m on a quest to discover Port Elizabeth and embrace my new hometown more fully (read: stop comparing it to Cape Town). So today I set out to find a cute little spot to sit down, drink coffee and get some work done.

Enter, Friendly Stranger.

Located in the Baakens Valley, just opposite Bridge Street Breweries, I have walked past Friendly Stranger quite a few times at night (they are not open for dinner) and wondered what it’s like inside. I was not disappointed! The decor and the overall feel of the place is downright charming in that exposed-brick-and-wooden-furniture way that makes millennials go crazy. There is an actual boat suspended from the ceiling. The walls are covered in art by local artists, all of which is for sale. The coffee is great (they have Deluxe Coffee) and the food is delicious. What more do you need to know?

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Chelou ft. Polly Nor

February 7, 2017

Yesterday I stumbled upon the music of Chelou. What first caught my attention was that his music video for ‘Halfway to Nowhere’ which is illustrated by Polly Nor. Anyone with a Tumblr account is familiar with her illustrations of women and devils, and rightfully so – her work is badass. I’ve always adored Polly Nor’s work and the prospect of seeing a three-minute video story of her work seemed like a great idea.

I ended up loving the song and listening to Chelou’s entire catalogue of music on Apple Music. Chelou is a London-based artist (as is Polly Nor) and has garnered quite a reputation for mystery – many of his fans had no idea what he looked like until very recently.

I would describe his music as being blue and moody in the best possible way. It’s the kind of music you listen to after a night out, lying on your bed in the late afternoon with the breeze blowing softly through an open window. It’s strangely calming and easy to get into. Give it a listen.


Hello Again!

February 5, 2017

It has been a minute since I updated this blog, and trust me, it has been weighing on my conscience. There is no guilt quite comparable to the guilt you feel when not updating a blog that took you so much time and energy to create – even if it feels like your dad is the only person who ever reads it.

Since my last post I have packed up my entire life in Cape Town, moved across the country to Port Elizabeth, found a new house, cleaned repainted furnished it , took on 3 new freelance clients, was in a car accident, spent a week in hospital (unrelated to the accident) and underwent surgery (turns out my ovaries won’t be winning any awards for efficiency). So perhaps the overwhelming silence of Oh, Sister isn’t entirely due to laziness on my part.

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September in Books

October 1, 2016

One of my favourite things about life is reading. Knowing that in my life I will be able to continue to read good books and have the freedom to read as much as I possibly can, fills me with joy and excitement for the future. Basically, when I’m feeling low I have my books and poetry to protect me (as always, I love you Paul Simon).

Anyway, here are the books I read in September. Hopefully there are one or two cool suggestions for you!

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Happy Songs Playlist

September 30, 2016

For whatever reason – cosmological, psychological, physiological – some days just suck from the minute you wake up. And if your emotional default settings, like mine, are on ‘sullen’, this type of day probably comes more often than you would like – which is exactly why you need some good happiness-inducing music in your life.

When I’m feeling low, these are some of the songs I listen to (read: blast into my eardrums on repeat). I hope they put a smile on your dial – if only for a minute. Oh, and if you’re thinking “Aren’t not one, not two, but THREE Paul Simon songs a little excessive?” my answer is a resounding “NEVER”. Paul Simon makes everything better and I fux with him forever.

I hope you like it.